— by ROB COX —
The Hughes Brothers haven’t directed a movie since 2001’s “From Hell,” a film I liked a lot. Their latest release, “The Book of Eli,” stars Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Washington, though I’m usually game for almost anything Oldman does (almost — I have avoided “The Unborn” so far).
From the trailer, the film looks promising; though, admittedly, the fight clip, in which Washington’s silhouette can be seen mixing it up with five equally silhouetted postapocalyptic baddies, looks cliché — if not bordering on unintentional parody.
The film is being released mid-January, too, frequently an ominous sign. Considering how much I enjoyed “From Hell,” though, I can’t help being optimistic about “The Book of Eli.”
If nothing else, it looks like it might serve as an interesting comparison piece to this Fall’s Cormac-McCarthy based “The Road.” In that film, humanity looks pretty much doomed. Let’s hope that, with “The Book of Eli,” Washington can not only save humanity’s future, but give us a few hours of worthwhile entertainment too.
Also starring Mila Kunis, Malcolm McDowell, Jennifer Beals, Ray Stevenson and Tom Waits, “The Book of Eli” opens Jan. 15, 2010.
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